Juan Mata to judge artists and Chelsea donate food – Friday’s goodwill stories

Sports stars and clubs across the world continue to help their local communities – and find new ways to amuse themselves – during the coronavirus pandemic.

Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the best examples from May 15.

Football

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata will be on the judging panel for an art competition ran by the PFA Charity, which will raise funds for NHS Charities Together and the Prince’s Trust.

The Art4NHS competition will see children and adults submit paintings and drawings on the theme of the NHS and community spirit, with individual prizes across four age groups including matchday tickets for next season and football shirts.

Mata, who is joined on the panel by artists Darren Baker, Lauren Baker and Ian Berry, said: “In the face of adversity, it has been inspiring to see the remarkable work of the NHS staff and also how communities have come together.

Juan Mata will be a judge in a painting competition
Juan Mata will be a judge in a painting competition (Rickett/PA)

“This competition aims to show support for everything the NHS staff and keyworkers are doing on our behalf and celebrate the simple acts of kindness that can brighten up people’s lives during these challenging times.”

Chelsea will take the number of free meals distributed to NHS staff and charities that support elderly and vulnerable people to 115,520 over the next fortnight after extending their initial six-week initiative.

The club will continue to work alongside charity partners to support the elderly, those in sheltered accommodation and vulnerable groups, while they will also keep making the Millennium Hotel and Copthorne Hotels at Stamford Bridge available to the NHS.

David Beckham paid tribute to his former Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison and urged his followers to check out the work of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Jamie Carragher was enjoying his fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville and Carlos Tevez’s agent Kia Joorabchian clashing this morning.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has stayed in decent shape during lockdown…

Derby midfielder Wayne Rooney was on target with a throwback from his MLS days.

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Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford held no grudge towards Andy Murray after the tennis player beat him in a quiz on Thursday, wishing the Scot a happy birthday.

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi continued to work hard.

AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was back in training.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian was staying sharp with the help of his dad.

Boxing

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury released a fitness book.

Cricket

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was delighted to return to the golf course.

Rugby League

Wigan full-back Zak Hardaker set a kicking challenge for his fans.

Morning campers. Friday mornings session done ✅ finished off with a little challenge. No re takes just 2 shots to finish off my morning. See if you can hit the cross bar. Fire your videos over if you hit it guys! #INeedToUseACone 😆 enjoy your weekend everyone ✌🏻 pic.twitter.com/icsRGoGnh7

— Zak Hardaker (@zakhardaker1) May 15, 2020

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